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London Dock-Labourers' Strike - Mass Meeting Will Be Held Tonight
[Leicester: 1889]. Announcement of a mass meeting of textile and shoe workers in Leicester, to express solidarity with striking dock-workers during the Great London Docker's Strike of 1889. The speakers, primarily representatives of the Hosiery and Shoe trade unions (Leicester was the seat of the British shoe trade in the...
[Item #17278]
Price: $150.00
 
London Dock-Labourers' Strike - Mass Meeting Will Be Held Tonight
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Strike Broadside: Meeting - Gran Hotel Ancira - Monterrey, Mexico (ca.1930's)
Monterrey: Strike Committee, ca.1930's. An original broadside calling for a labor strike at the Gran Hotel Ancira in Monterrey, Mexico. The Hotel Ancira, which opened in 1912, was owned by capitalist Jose Torrellardona. An elegant, neo-classical building, the hotel is one of the oldest in Monterrey, famously used as Pancho...
[Item #17263]
Price: $300.00
 
Strike Broadside: Meeting - Gran Hotel Ancira - Monterrey, Mexico (ca.1930's)
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Henry Ford and the Negro People
[Detroit]: National Negro Congress and the Michigan Negro Congress, 1940. First Edition. Addresses black workers at Ford's River Rouge plant in Dearborn, Michigan, encouraging them to stand with white workers and aid the UAW's organizing efforts at the plant. Addresses Ford's racist and antisemitic history, particularly singling out a pro-KKK...
[Item #21085]
Price: $125.00
 
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Report of the General Executive Board of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America to the Sixth Biennial Convention
Philadelphia: 1924. First Edition. Octavo (23.5cm.); original drab printed wrappers; 340,[4],cxivpp.; plain photographic folding plate of the attendees of the convention. Wrapper edges quite rubbed with a few shallow losses not affecting text; textblock shaken and starting to separate from wrappers; still, About Very Good. At head of upper cover...
[Item #23240]
Price: $75.00
 
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Report of the Proceedings of the Thirtieth Annual Convention of the American Federation of Labor Held at St. Louis, Missouri, November 14 to 26, Inclusive [WITH] Report of Proceedings of the Thirty-First Annual Convention...Held at Atlanta, Georgia, November 13 to 25, Inclusive
Washington DC: Law Reporter Printing Company, 1910-1911. First Edition. Thick octavo (23cm.); original olive cloth, spine lettered in gilt, olive endpapers; xx,361;xxi,[1],378pp.; tables, text in double column. Minor wear to extremities, corners a bit bumped, else Very Good and sound. Includes the text for A.F.L. President Samuel Gomper's opening reports...
[Item #24175]
Price: $200.00
 
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Samuel Gompers - Champion of the Toiling Masses
Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1935. First Edition. Octavo (24cm). Cloth boards; dustjacket; 376pp; frontis. portr. Tight, clean, VG or better copy in original pictorial dustwrapper, lightly rubbed at margins but still clean and attractive; VG. Sympathetic biography of the long-time leader of the AFL.
[Item #16305]
Price: $40.00
 
Samuel Gompers - Champion of the Toiling Masses
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Madri d'Italia! per Augusto Masetti
Lynn, MA: Tipografia della Cronaca Sovversiva, 1913. First Edition. A plea for the release of Augusto Masetti, an Italian soldier in the Libyan campaign who assassinated his colonel during a long-winded rallying of the troops. Masetti is reputed to have shouted: "Down with the War! Long Live Anarchy!" while committing...
[Item #14108]
Price: $200.00
 
Madri d'Italia! per Augusto Masetti
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Report to the President on the Anthracite Coal Strike of May-October, 1902, by the Anthracite Coal Strike Commission
Washington, D.C. Government Printing Office, 1903. First Edition. Official report of Theodore Roosevelt's independent Commission, appointed "at the request of both the operators and of the miners" in October 1902 to investigate the causes of the Great Anthracite Strike of that year. The Commission's report marked an important mileston in...
[Item #17337]
Price: $40.00
 
Report to the President on the Anthracite Coal Strike of May-October, 1902, by the Anthracite Coal Strike Commission
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Labor Monopolies - Or Freedom
New York: Committee for Constitutional Government, 1946. First Edition. Anti-labor propaganda by a private industry group. Illustrated with a few halftones documenting atrocities committed by union picketers and organizers. 12mo. Pictorial wrappers; 166pp; illus. Mild external wear; paper slightly tanned; else a tight, unmarked, VG copy.
[Item #16328]
Price: $15.00
 
Labor Monopolies - Or Freedom
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The Labor Movement in the South During Slavery
New York: International Publishers, [1954]. First Edition. Staple-bound pamphlet. 24pp; lightly dusted; else a bright, crisp copy in very good condition.
[Item #15832]
Price: $25.00
 
The Labor Movement in the South During Slavery
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Pay and Place Under Socialism...
New York: The Socialist Party, ca. 1932. Upper cover: "All socially healthful incentives and industrial opportunities now existing to be retained, and many new and better ones established. False and ignorant 'dead-level' charge authoritatively refuted. Individual initiative encouraged and personal liberty safeguarded." Incidentally, this subtitle is longer than the pamphlet...
[Item #21022]
Price: $15.00
 
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We Make Our Own History: A Portrait of the UAW
Detroit: International Union, UAW, 1986. First Edition. Quarto (31cm). Pictorial card wrappers (softcover, as issued); 158pp. Fine. Photographic history of the United Auto Workers.
[Item #14646]
Price: $15.00
 
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Speeding up the Workers
New York: International Pamphlets, 1932. Second Edition. Staple-bound pamphlet; 31pp; lightly splitting along bottom of front hinge; age-toned; else in good or better condition.
[Item #15830]
Price: $20.00
 
Speeding up the Workers
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Proletarian Journey: New England, Gastonia, Moscow
New York: Hillman-Curl, 1937. First Edition. Large, thick octavo (24cm.); original cloth in red pictorial price-clipped dust jacket; xiv,[15]-352pp.; plain photographic frontispiece of Beal on the stand, 7 leaves of plates. Jacket edges rubbed with shallow chips and closed tears, spine quite faded; Fine in About Very Good jacket. Memoir...
[Item #23238]
Price: $75.00
 
Proletarian Journey: New England, Gastonia, Moscow
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The Blast: Revolutionary Labor Paper - Vol.1, No.10 (April 1, 1916)
San Francisco: Alexander Berkman, 1916. Uncommonly nice copy of Berkman's important revolutionary journal, published from 1916 to 1917 (29 issues total). Though conceived as a pro-labor revolutionary organ without specific political affiliations, The Blast, as one would predict given Berkman's background and affiliations, tended strongly toward a militant anarchist point...
[Item #20567]
Price: $200.00
 
The Blast: Revolutionary Labor Paper - Vol.1, No.10 (April 1, 1916)
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The Blast: Revolutionary Labor Paper - Vol.1, No.12 (May 1, 1916)
San Francisco: Alexander Berkman, 1916. Uncommonly nice copy of Berkman's important revolutionary journal, published from 1916 to 1917 (29 issues total). Though conceived as a pro-labor revolutionary organ without specific political affiliations, The Blast, as one would predict given Berkman's background and affiliations, tended strongly toward a militant anarchist point...
[Item #20568]
Price: $200.00
 
The Blast: Revolutionary Labor Paper - Vol.1, No.12 (May 1, 1916)
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The Blast: Revolutionary Labor Paper - Vol.1, No.13 (May 15, 1916)
San Francisco: Alexander Berkman, 1916. Uncommonly nice copy of Berkman's important revolutionary journal, published from 1916 to 1917 (29 issues total). Though conceived as a pro-labor revolutionary organ without specific political affiliations, The Blast, as one would predict given Berkman's background and affiliations, tended strongly toward a militant anarchist point...
[Item #20569]
Price: $200.00
 
The Blast: Revolutionary Labor Paper - Vol.1, No.13 (May 15, 1916)
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Judaism on the Social Question
New York: John B. Alden, 1888. First Edition. 12mo (19cm.); original decorative terracotta cloth with ivy leaf motif embossed and lettered in black and gilt; 130pp. Extremities a bit rubbed, else Very Good, textblock about fine. Analysis of the parallels and compatibility of the Socialist movement and Judaism.
[Item #23237]
Price: $45.00
 
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Kelias Nauja Gyvenima [The Way to a New Life]
Chicago: "Vilnies" Spauda, 1937. First Edition. One of the many historical and social works by Lithuanian-born American Communist newspaperman Anthony Bimba. At the time of this publication the author was working as the editor of the left-wing newspaper Šviesa ("Light"). Octavo (19.5cm.); original green pictorial wrappers (a touch soiled) printed...
[Item #24171]
Price: $125.00
 
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The Closing Argument of W. E. Borah for the Prosecution, in the Great Coeur d'Alene Riot-Murder Trial, Delivered July 27, 1899, Wallace, Idaho [cover title]
N.p. ca. 1899. First edition, octavo (22cm.); stitched printed self-wrappers; [2],49pp. Very faint toning along edges, else about Fine. A portion of the closing argument delivered at the trial of Paul Corcoran for the killing of James Cheyne during the the Coeur d'Alene's mining strike of April, 1899.
[Item #21777]
Price: $30.00
 
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Change In The Village
New York: George H. Doran Company, 1912. First American Edition. Classic work on the sociology of rural villages and the changes wrought by advancing technology. Sturt (1863-1927) was a wheelwright by trade, and wrote from a rather unusual perspective - a sensitive, self-educated tradesman, documenting and eulogizing the passing of...
[Item #20177]
Price: $75.00
 
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Songs of the Workaday World
New York: George H. Doran Company, [1915]. First edition, octavo (20.5cm.); original green pictorial cloth stamped in white; xi,[12]-160pp. Light edge wear, contemporary gift inscription dated Helena, Montana, 10 November 1922, on front free endpaper; a Very Good, sound copy. Braley, a prolific American poet, is best known for penning...
[Item #22137]
Price: $25.00
 
Songs of the Workaday World
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The Great Strike on the "Q", with A History of the Organization and Growth of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen, and Switchmen's Mutual Aid Association of North America
Chicago: Elliott & Beezley, 1889. First Edition. Labor's side of the momentous joint strike of firemen and engineers on the Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy Railroad. Eugene Debs, who was among the strike's supporters, would later cite its failure as an example of the ineffectiveness of craft unions, an argument which...
[Item #10401]
Price: $40.00
 
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The Great Strike on the "Q", with A History of the Organization and Growth of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen, and Switchmen's Mutual Aid Association of North America
Chicago: Elliott & Beezley, 1889. First Edition. Labor's side of the momentous joint strike of firemen and engineers on the Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy Railroad. As a result of scabbing, encouraged in part by the rival Conductors' Union, the strike ended in a resounding defeat for labor. Eugene Debs, who...
[Item #13550]
Price: $85.00
 
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[Lithograph] Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen of North America. Organized Dec. 1st 1873. Benevolence. Sobriety. Industry.
Cincinnati: Strobridge Lithographing Co, 1885. An excellent, highly detailed lithograph celebrating the formation of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen, one of the "Big Four" railroad unions (along with the Brotherhoods of Trainmen, Engineers, and Brakemen) prior to the establishment of Eugene Debs's American Railway Union in 1893. The BLFNA was...
[Item #23241]
Price: $2,500.00
 


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